Of all the riders with new rides, who do you think will be the most successful indoors in '09?"I think Chad Reed will have a great year on the Suzuki, but Stewart is just too fast on a motorcycle to bet against...too fast on any motorcycle!" -Jesse"Honda's new bike is an SX weapon, and if the riders don't crash..." -Jimmy"I know that Stewart and Reed are on new teams, but one kid with a ton of SX potential is Josh Grant. He has a solid program with his new JGRMX YZ450F, and if he stays healthy, I think he'll have some strong results." -Chris"Bubba." -Reid"Villopoto. I think Stewart is going to crash out. I hope he doesn't, but he will." -Joe"Broc Hepler might live up to all that potential this year and surprise everyone." -Pete"Probably Bubba." -KarelWhat's one annoying thing about supercross that you hope you don't see this year?"Oh, jeez. There's so many. How about the drunk morons ruining the event for kids whose parents are cool enough to take them to a motorcycle race by being complete idiots in the stands? That really pisses me off." -Jesse"Injuries." -Jimmy"Stupid rider intros. It's not their fault, but seeing racers roll onto the track in flashy cars with hip-hop blasting while wearing feathered boas makes me feel like I'm at a WWF event." -Chris"I'm ready for something other than cheesy fireworks. This isn't Monster Trucks!" -Joe"Um...Bubba?" -Reid"The continued elimination of the semi races. Bring those back for more race action in the night." -Pete"Drunk, loud and obnoxious fans and, my personal favorite, getting doused with beer." -KarelWhat are you looking forward to most about supercross?"I'd like to say it's the racing and the cute girls, but both of those will likely play second fiddle to the Supercross Voice Guy!" -Jesse"Some easy tracks and some bar to bar. And not just for the riders!" -Jimmy"Now that the KTM Junior SX is out, I'm looking forward to the new halftime entertainment. If my sources are correct, it's right up my alley!" -Chris"I love the racing, because you never know what's going to happen. Every round is a toss-up." -Joe"Bubba!" -Reid"I'd love to see one of the young guys moving up challenge for the title. And I think Travis Preston should give everyone's podium speech." -Pete"Seeing all the trick bikes and parts, and hopefully new faces in the winner's circle." -KarelDescribe the '09 season in five words."Are You Ready For SUUUUUUUPPPPPEEERRRCROOOOOOOSSSSS!?" -Jesse"Supercrossaliscious." -Jimmy"Other people drinking overpriced beer." -Chris"Almost as cool as EnduroCross." -Joe"Bubba, Bubba, Bubba, Bubba, Bubba!" -Reid"Those guys are #%*&@ crazy!" -Pete"Fun to watch, not do." -KarelDropping In On: Josh Grant And Cody Cooper
The two new riders on the Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2009 are also new to the team's bike, the Yamaha YZ450F. Josh Grant moves up from the 250F class where he rode red, and Cody Cooper slides over from a privateer Suzuki 450. We dropped in on them at a recent Yamaha Media Day where they gave us a few minutes between eating Yamaburgers and playing Yama Ping-Pong. For more from them and several other Yamaha racers, check out the blogs at www.dirtrider.com.Josh Grant
DR: How long have you been riding on the 450s?
JG: For about a couple months now. I had a few races that I did back last supercross season, and that was really it, so this is my first real go at the 450.DR: I mean before that, practicing on them, getting a feel for them?
JG: I've been racing on them since amateurs. That's usually what you do when you go up through the ranks.DR: What's the toughest thing about adapting your style to the 450?
JG: Nothing. I think my style is suited for a 450, and that's what I think is gonna bring success to this year.DR: What are your goals for 2009?
JG: To get on the podium a few times and hopefully try to get some race wins and stay up in the point chase.DR: Are you looking forward more to supercross or the outdoors?
JG: Supercross is more my style. I like the flash of it and the atmosphere.Cody Cooper
DR: When did you get the call to be on Joe Gibbs Yamaha?
CC: We'd been talking with about four rounds to go (in the 2008 outdoor series). My manager had spoken to them at the beginning of the year, but they'd already gotten their riders. It just fell into place. Everything went well, and after des Nations I got on their bike and started riding, so I've been on it for a little while now.DR: Did the change require a move?
CC: Yeah, I've moved up to North Carolina where the team's based. I like the area and it's easy training with other people. We've got a trainer who works with us every day; I've always got someone to do that with. And someone to ride with. We all hang out as mates, too. It's pretty fun.DR: The impression is that you had a pretty minor support ride prior to joining this new team, which is considered a big, all-encompassing team. What's the biggest change?
CC: I've been on the big Honda team in Australia so it's sort of like that, but on a bigger scale. It just feels the same to me, doing the same riding and I don't want to really get into the big side of it...all I've got to think about is riding and training and being as good as I can. That's my job. The team is great. All the stuff they've provided us to train and do what we need to do is mind blowing, pretty much.DR: How's it been adapting to the new bike?
CC: Good, A couple times when I first got on it, it felt different, but now when I get on, it's what I'm expecting. I know what it feels like when I'm not even sitting on it.DR: In the 2008 outdoors you were the only guy who could match Stewart's speed on several occasions. It put you in the spotlight. What are your goals for 2009?
CC: For motocross I definitely want to do better than I did this season. Top five will beat it. Supercross is still a little bit away, but I want to do the Switzerland supercross before I set some goals. Get a race under my belt and see where I'm at and then I can set some realistic goals.DR: What's the supercross track like that you train on at the Joe Gibbs facility?
CC: It seems pretty easy at the moment. After coming out here and riding the Yamaha test track, that one's pretty gnarly.DR: Is supercross fun for you or is it more of a struggle?
CC: I think it's quite fun, but now and then I get frustrated. It's just only because I want to be...you gotta put the effort in, so it's hard when I try to learn something and it's not happening. But it takes time. I've got to just gradually go into it, otherwise I won't be riding at all, I might get hurt. So I just take it one step at a time.Dirt Rider Gone Skate
Dirt Rider isn't usually known for influencing any of the skateboarding industry-until now. Hawaiian local Justin Burbage was spotted at a local skate comp in Mililani, Hawaii, sporting his Dirt Rider shirt proudly while showing off his signature "Flick" trick. Way to represent and thanks for the support.